Fifty-seven students graduated from Blinn College’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program Saturday, prepared for a career dedicated to helping others. Six of those graduates earned their nursing pins thanks to help of their own from the Stanzel Family Foundation.
Janie Hart, Truby Toner, Haviette Wilson and Hannah White of Brenham, Jodi Miller of Smithville and Jessica Young of Schulenburg all received their ADN pins Saturday with the support of the Stanzel Family Foundation. All six students participated in the program at the Blinn College – Schulenburg campus.
Victor and Joe Stanzel established the Stanzel Family Foundation in 1989 to award renewable scholarships to deserving college students. This year, the Foundation funded scholarships for the Licensed Vocational Nursing – Transition Program, which accepts Licensed Vocational Nurses and prepares them to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses in one year. The scholarships help students defray the cost of the board exam and the Board of Nursing application.
“It’s very intense, but the program allows them to become registered nurses in a short period of time,” said Rebecca Presswood, ADN site coordinator. “These students know exactly what they want and they have already been nursing for a while. They are very driven students.”
Students who complete the program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination have a job placement rate between 97 to 100 percent and are qualified for a wide array of nursing positions, including pediatric, geriatric, hospice, school and clinical nursing. New graduates can expect to earn over $52,000 per year.
Blinn has received commendation from the Texas Board of Nursing five of the last six years for having a licensing pass rate greater than 90 percent. Blinn’s pass rates are routinely above state and national averages.
Blinn’s Division of Health Sciences, based at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, offers associate degree nursing, dental hygiene, emergency medical services, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, fire science, therapeutics manufacturing, veterinary technology and vocational nursing programs designed to train students for high-demand professions.
In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, Blinn teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs.
Registration is now available for Blinn’s Summer I, Summer II and Fall semesters. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.
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